A Government who is afraid of the media is a government that is afraid of its people - everyone has the right to information and the government has accepted these rights to information, said the Acting Prime Minister Hon. Samiu Vaipulu today.
A United Nations review conducted on the state of human rights in Tonga was completed on 25 January 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland, when Tonga’s Minister for Internal Affairs, Lord Vaea was questioned over women’s rights, police violence, establishing a national human rights institution, the living conditions of persons with disabilities and the reasons for Tonga’s failure to accede to numerous core international human rights instruments.
In a Cabinet reshuffle over the weekend, the two portfolios of the Minister for Police, Prisons and Fire Services, and the Minister for Revenue Services, have been taken up by a new member of Cabinet, Siosifa Tu’utafaiva, the No. 6 Tongatapu People’s Representative to the Legislative Assembly of Tonga.
The Prime Minister announced at the end of a Government Retreat held in Vava’u from January 21-24 that an agreement in principle was reached with the Commonwealth Secretariat to provide training to improve the effectiveness of government officials and Members of Parliament.
The Tonga Cabinet led by Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano is currently holding a retreat at Puataukanave Hotel in Neiafu, from January 21-24.
Tonga’s Acting Prime Minister Hon Samiu Vaipulu said today that Government’s move to introduce two new aircraft from China to operate the domestic service is to provide competition and offer cheaper airfares. But it is unfortunate that Chathams Pacific has decided to cease its services on March 2.
The Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano has formally announced his Cabinet for 2013.
The Government of Tonga has retained ownership of the Janfull International Dateline Hotel on November 30 after it was placed under liquidation to be put up for sale.
The last day for government operation for this year is Thursday 20 December 2012 before government offices close for the Christmas and New Year break.
A public reading room in Nuku’alofa was officially opened by the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Samiu Vaipulu, yesterday afternoon, November 13.